|Patrik Nemeth (Credit: Steven Christy)|
This was an expected move after Nemeth was 'papered' down to the AHL on trade deadline day. Neither Jyrki Jokipakka nor John Klingberg were papered on that day, so neither can be sent down to the AHL for the playoffs.
Nemeth will bump someone out of the lineup on defense and it's anyone's guess whom that will be. Youngster Ludwig Bystrom has been showing well but could get the scratch. Another option for the current moment would be scratching someone like Maxime Fortunus or Cameron Gaunce to give those vets some rest days before the playoffs start.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned defenseman Patrik Nemeth to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Nemeth, 23, registered three assists in 22 games played for Dallas this season. He missed 52 games to injury after suffering an arm laceration on Oct. 18 against Philadelphia. The blueliner also appeared in five games for Texas from Feb. 20 - 28, posting one assist.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.